The African Heritage Accord [AHA] Program
The African Heritage Accord, [AHA] Program. – ‘A world reconciled to self’, is a signature project of the KMI Initiative which seeks to offer practical and enduring healings to the wounds and infractions to humanity resulting from the incidence and vestiges of slavery.
Slave trade in all its ramifications constituted one of the greatest assaults to freedom and liberty in all of human history. It was the worst case of human injustice to humanity.
No thanks to this insidious and heinous mechanization, the World is still contending with the crisis of identity as prevalent in the global community of Africans in the Diaspora – The people of African descent. The Identity crisis is the unkindest cuts, of all the wounds of slavery, compounded in the inability of the descendants of slaves from African origin to trace their roots or make claims to a specific ethnic origin, nationality, people, language or culture in Africa.
The KMI Initiative, responding to the urgings of the United Nations as spelt out in the codified resolutions of November 2006 and December 2014 respectively, felt the time is here to confront the fiasco and debacle of slavery, with its attendant cultural and historical rifts existing on one hand between the off springs of slaves and off springs of Africa homeland, and on the other hand, between the descendants of slaves and the descendants of slave merchants and masters.
The code of relationship within this context has been misgiving, latent discontentment, bitterness and reproach. This historical and cultural indignation as a response to this social construct, has been directed at the institutional framework that supported slavery vis-à-vis, Motherland Africa and the descendants of former slave merchants and owners. The UN declarations became auspicious to this commitment.
- The General Assembly resolution, A/RES/61/17 of November 20, 2006, which declared 2009 as the International Year of Reconciliation:
In reaching this decision the Assembly amongst other considerations, recognized the need and urgency for reconciliation processes in countries or regions of the world, which have suffered or are still suffering situations of conflicts, with impact on divided societies at the national and international levels.
- The General Assembly resolution, 68/237 of December 2014 proclaimed 2015 – 2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent:
The General Assembly agreed that across the globe, People of African Descent continue to suffer inequality, inequity and disadvantage because of the legacy of slavery and colonialism. The Assembly called for a duty to justice, aimed at reinforcing actions and measures that secures the full enjoyment of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights of all people of African Descent. And their full participation in society.
This resolution provided a solid framework for the UN Member States, the Civil Society Organizations and all other relevant stakeholders to join together to create enduring and effective measures to stamp out racism and discrimination against people of African Descent, in the spirit of Recognition, Justice and Development.
Both resolutions called for Reconciliation, Restoration and Recognition and gave KMI the impetus to commence this time to market effort to construct a 21st century cultural bridge across the Atlantic, the Pacific, the Channels and the Mediterranean to the Ancestral Homeland of the Africans in the Diaspora – the People of African Descent; And essentially across the cultural divide of over 400 years.
The development of the African Heritage Accord [AHA] is accelerated as a vehicle of socio-cultural transformation, calling for renunciation, reconciliation, restoration and renewal.
The action plan is to affirm a biological and ethnic origin for all people of African descent who have not ascertained their ancestral lineage or ethnic roots.
The KMI Initiative via the African Heritage Accord and in partnership with the International community, Regional bodies, Governmental organizations, Civil Society Entities, the Academia and the Private Sector has begun to plan and implement adequate cultural, educational and social programs to promote and realize the concept of the 4 R[s] Renunciation, Reconciliation, Restoration and Renewal; including by holding conferences, colloquia, seminars, workshops and a general dissemination of information about AHA program.
The Mission’s target is for full identification of every African in the Diaspora, descendants of slaves, who lost their ethnic names and cultural affinity to their ancestors’ homeland and are bearing the names of the slave merchants or masters.
The advancement in bio-chemical technology has made this mission attain-able, the DNA mapping is evidently unraveling ancestral links and is capable of pin pointing with exactitude biological roots and ethnicity.
Armed with this revelation, the recipient of this new lease of cultural and ethnic life would have overcome the ever lingering and festering wounds of slavery – the identity crisis and can now be empowered to do a pilgrimage to the land of his or her forefathers and ancestors, and ultimately reconcile the Diaspora to the Homeland.
It is a known fact of life, that a loss of heritage or links to one’s ancestral pedigree or roots usually has a debilitating impact on that life and the development and consummation thereof, to the point of destiny. Slavery as a monstrous ill that plagued humanity, amongst other things, created a deep and distant cultural gulf between African Homeland and the people of African Descent [descendants of slaves of African Origin]. Just as a tree hewn from the trunk, loses the essential mineral supplies and support from the roots, so was slavery, it deprived the slaves and descendants access to the ancestral essence and biological trace elements – that ingredients of humans, with indigenous peculiarity that defines who we are and where we are from.
Also lost in slavery is that assurance from pedigree, the pride of fatherland, the confidence of mother-tongue, the audacity and reference to heritage. KMI believes that this lack in large part accounts for the under guiding ideas and beliefs, values, actions and moral undertones seen to be culturally and historically specific to the context of slavery. With distinct impact especially to those domiciled in hostile and segregated societies.
There is a spiritual awakening connected to recovering what is lost. The AHA program is in place to realize and actualize this truism.
The essence of ancestry and its heritage can never be quantified; it restores identity and self-worth. The individual is reconciled to self via spiritual awakening and absolutions. Nations whose citizens they are, will experience a people renewed with vigor, verve and energy to live and perform their civic duties and responsibilities. They will imbibe, espouse and live out the spirit and philosophy of national consciousness. The world will be better off, when this dream and hope is fully attained.
KMI Initiative on culture and the AHA project was carved out from the understanding, that as a people abandon assumption and practices that obstruct development and progress, they share and experience a sense of liberation instead of despair and despondency. And as people realize that they possess the potential to effect positive changes in their lives, they get excited and feel a pleasing sense of confidence and liberation.
That’s where KMI stands with the African Heritage Accord [AHA] program.
If you wish to participate in the African Heritage Accord [ AHA ] program, in any capacity to realize its goal, please fill out the form below and our staff members will follow up with you.